You are busy in your kitchen cooking your favorite dish and then the last minute you realize you don’t have the garnish king coriander? Or you are just back from vacation and haven’t stocked up vegetables for the next meal in your refrigerator. A thought runs across your mind, if only I had it handy, if only I could get something , the if only list only grows. To put a full stop to this if only, we can help you set up your kitchen garden with a few low maintenance plants. Read on to know more
Pasalai keerai (Also known as Malabar Spinach Indian Spinach or Vine Spinach) is a highly nutritious. Rich is iron content, it helps protect against anemia. A creeper that can adorn your safety grills of your balcony or the window bringing in aesthetic value in addition to its high nutritional value. Rich in iron content, it helps protect against Anemia.
There are two varieties of pasalai keerai plants available, one with red stem and the other with green. Both are equally easy to grow and adds colors to your room. Regular harvest of the leaves will keep the growth in check. The picture is from our own kitchen garden in our balcony
Green chili is essential daily need of Indian kitchen and also one that skip our shopping list. A low/ no maintenance plant, can be grown in pots. Enough water and sunlight, two plants will suffice the needs of a family of four. Now forgetting to add chili is deliberate as you just have to walk across your kitchen for fresh green chillies
Chili plants can easily grow in small pots. Two chili plants can easily fulfil the 4 member’s family kitchen. Absolutely no need of maintenance for minimum 1year for change the soil or plant. You can pluck fresh chili whenever needed for cooking within your door.
Coriander and Methi
Both Methi and Coriander (Daniya) is very easy to be grown and does not need too much of care. Not to mention that it is the most commonly grown plant in your kitchen garden.Throw in a few seeds of methi/coriander in a pot. Give it a few days with little watering , you will have fresh leaves ready to garnish your dishes. You can have a lag in planting coriander/methi in two different pots to ensure you have enough for your home needs on a regular basis.
Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
Basil has plethora of medicinal values, in addition to its fragrance. It can be used along with other popular herbs rosemary and thyme in a range of dishes, be it vegetarian or non-vegetarian. It is all these qualities that gives it the name “King of herbs”. The uses doesn’t end at cooking. It has a high range of medicinal use. Basil leaves are used to treat ear infections. A few drops leaf extract will relieve ear infections. It is also known for it’s property to sooth and relax mind if used as basil tea. Chew a few leaves with honey ( or without) and see that adamant cough bidding you good bye. In addition to the kitchen garden and medicinal values, basil has made itself a place as holy basil used for worship as well.
Eggplant is also known by its common name brinjal or aubergine (British English). On a large scale, a lot of pesticides goes into brinjal cultivation. A little space for a shallow pot and use of the compost (from your household wet waste) can give enough brinjals for a family of 4. Your brinjal is ready to harvest within a span of two months. All this at the convenience of your home .A good season to plant a eggplant is April – July.